This is the old Stone Arch Bridge that crosses Bowman Creek just outside Blair Ontario. It is visible from Blair Rd. just before Fountain Street. I have read that it was probably built in the mid 1800’s for a rail line servicing the mills in the area.
It is a beautiful hidden gem and hopefully it will receive some sort of maintenance so that it doesn’t succumb to the forces of nature.
The Old Hespeler Town Hall was one of the Doors Open Waterloo Region sites this year. The great thing about Doors Open is you find out about the hidden gems we have here in the Region that you may not aware of. The old town hall is home to the Hespeler Heritage Centre and they have a large collection of items relating to the history of Hespeler. It was very interesting to explore and the knowledgeable volunteers were eager to share their stories.
Here is the description from the Doors Open site:
This handsome building is home to the archives and historical displays of The Company of Neighbours, volunteers dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Hespeler history and community. Sports photos, memorabilia and equipment (including the work of local manufacturers), well-known and home-town players of hockey, lacrosse, rugby, baseball, soccer and boxing will all be brought to life by knowledgeable hosts.
Now that I have posted all the photowalk pictures it is time to get back to the Doors Open Waterloo Region sets. The 5th site we visited was Dickson Public School in Cambridge.
Built in 1876 it is one of the Regions oldest schools. The school will be closing next year. This heritage landmark has eight classrooms each with 6 large windows providing lots of natural light.
Click on a gallery picture to see them full size.
Our fourth stop on our Doors Open Waterloo Region adventure was the McDougall Cottage in Cambridge. Built c.1858 this grey granite and limestone cottage is an interpretive centre for the Scottish culture. Unique to this cottage is the hand painted friezes and trompe l’oeil ceilings.
Photos by Neil and Elizabeth de Boer. Post processing by Neil
This is a shot from the Main St. bridge of the Musagetes Architecture Library in Cambridge
Founded in September 2004 as a branch library in the University of Waterloo Library system, Musagetes houses more than 40,000 volumes and over 80 current print and electronic journals.
Subjects covered by the library’s collection include architectural design, theory, history and criticism, historic preservation, building technology, industrial design, landscape architecture, interior design and urban design. A separate, environmentally controlled Rare Book Room houses one of Canada’s most outstanding collections of rare books on architecture and design.
3 Exposure HDR, Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz, Noiseware
This was taken at Mill Race Park in Cambridge Ontario. It is the same area as my previous post “Troll Bridge”. I think it is an interesting contrast between the stone construction of the original mill and the concrete construction of the bridge.
3 Exposure Photomatix HDR, Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz.
This evening I when on a photo walk in Cambridge with my friend Anthony. I thought I might be able to get a shot of the infamous Cambridge Troll. I crept down under this bridge hoping to find him. Since Trolls are very camera shy his spies must have informed him of my approach and he was gone. The only evidence of this being his lair is the depression on the ground under the bridge where he sits. You can see it on the right side of the picture. O well, maybe next time.
This is a 3 Exposure HDR. Processed in Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz and Lightroom.